Burbank Temporary Aid Center

Burbank Temporary Aid Center Mission Statement BTAC is dedicated to providing the poor, working poor, and homeless of the local community with basic services they need to live with dignity, and to serve citizens of the city in times of emergency and disaster. As a conduit between the generous donors of the community, foundations and government resources, BTAC works to provide clients with help such as food, utility assistance, transportation assistance, emergency shelter (off-site and short-term), medical assistance, referrals to other community resources, and holiday outreach. Vision Statement BTAC strives to help create a community where the poor and working poor are able to access t...
Jul 7, 2015

Summer brings greater need

Each year when school gets out for the summer, Burbank Temporary Aid Center (BTAC) sees an increase in need.  I never understood this until I realized it had to do with the subsidized lunch programs in the schools.

This program wasn't around when I was a child, so I was unaware of it.  Over time, the program expanded from just lunch to including breakfast.  This is a wonderful gift for parents struggling to make ends meet.  But come Summer Break, it puts strain on the family budget.  Thier capacity to put food on the table doesn't increase just because school is out.

So, in the summer, BTAC tries to increase the amounts and types of foods provided to low-income families by adding a few extra, kid-friendly items to each month's grocery order.  Whether it is more PB&J, Mac & Cheese, or even fresh fruits and vegetables, it makes a difference.

This sounds fairly simple. However, in the summer, BTAC's donations of food often slow down.  That's where your donations really help.  We are able to purchase more healthful items, fruits and veggies and fill in the gaps, when we run short.

I like to think that, together, we are able to help parents enjoy the summer a little bit more, because they don't have to worry how they will keep thier children fed. 

Thank you for helping make this possible.  We couldn't do it without you.

Jul 6, 2015

Christmas in July

Most people aren't thinking about Christmas, yet.  But at Burbank Temporary Aid Center, We are already busy making preparations. 

Soon, parents will be signing up for the program and volunteers will begin gathering donations to be given out during December. 

In November, those wonderful volunteers will create a "store" with all the donations and gift cards received with rooms dedicated to different age groups.  There will even be an entire room dedicated just to dolls!  And another for books! 

Then, in December the parents will go "shopping" for thier children's Christmas gifts.  They love being able to personally select gifts for thier children.  But that wouldn't happen without your support. 

There are always gaps in what is donated.  And the biggest area of need is gifts for teenagers.  With you donation, we are able to purchase clothing, movie tickets, gift cards and other items for this hard-to shop-for age group. 

Thank you for help us provide gifts in 2014.  We hope you will renew your support in the coming months, so BTAC can help make the holidays happy in 2015.

Jun 3, 2015

What happends when school is out for the summer?

Each summer, BTAC experinces an interesting shift.  The number of daily sack lunches being requested can more than double.  Why?  Because school is out. 

You'd be surprised how many homeless families are in the Burbank area.  During the school year, the kids in these families take advantage of the Federal Free and Reduced Cost breakfast and lunch programs.  But when that final school bell rings, that all changes.  The parents now rely on BTAC's daily sack lunch to feed their children, as well as themselves. 

Consider how it might feel to be a parent in this situation.  Three or more family members sleeping in thier car, tkaing showers and doing your laundry at BTAC. standing in lne to pick up your daily lunches, having your mail delivered there, too.  You are desperately trying to hold things together.  The kids are in school, but trying to not show they are homeless.  At least you know they won't go hungry because of the school's subsidised meals. Then, summer comes and for three months, you have to depend on BTAC lunches - often the only meal of the day. 

Most of us, myself included, usually picture a middle aged man when someone mentions "homeless".  But in reality that picture includes women, couples and, yes . . . . families with children.  Through your support of the Homeless Lunches, BTAC will be able to meet the increased need experienced during the summer months. 

Thank you for your support.

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